AHHH–Pregnancy that beautiful time in a woman’s life when she is carrying a precious bundle of joy! For some women this is the best time of her life as she enjoys each and every little thing about it…the good, bad, or uncomfortable. BUT for other women its a “figurative” 9 month prison sentence where she has etched into the walls of her office proverbial tick marks counting down each week until D day!
No matter which end of the spectrum you are on I think we can all agree, one of the MOST cumbersome parts of pregnancy is our W_A_R_D_R_O_B_E!!!!! It is inevitable that in addition to our growing baby bumps…our dress size will also embark on a drastic change during the course of the three trimesters God allowed us to prepare for something miraculous. BUT that doesn’t change the fact that it is a stressful time physically, mentally, emotionally, and FINANCIALLY!
Personally, I have a hard time making purchases feeling I am flushing money straight down the toilet! Now, with Maternity clothing being a “specialty” item they are often pretty high up on the cost ladder and something we literally wear the heck out of for about 5-6 months and then pack it away in the attic never to be seen again. I mean think about it–even if you plan to have multiple children (and I did) there maybe a chance that you are pregnant at various seasons of the year thus WILL NOT benefit even from your own hand-me-downs (unless well you are the serial baby planner and got them baby seasons down to a science… and if so YOU GO GIRL!)…..Seriously, I was literally pregnant with at each season of the year. My eldest (Winter Baby) My Big Baby yes she gave herself that name lol (Summer Baby) and my currently cooking bundle of joy (Spring). In addition, my pregnancy weight has been totally different with each child. With this, I gained 100+ pounds with child #1, less than 30 with #2 and God only knows the final figure on this one!
However, now with expecting our Baby #3 I can say that I have learned a few tricks of the trade in this department and would like to share a few tips to ensuring that YOU spare yourself the mistakes that I made in literally spending hundreds of dollars on clothing that I never wore again. The secret is out and here it is…. buy “Maternity-LESS” Clothing. YES just buy the clothing you would normally purchase in execution of your personal style but in larger sizes, fabrics, and cuts/designs. With this dressing up while pregnant doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. You CAN find items that you 1) feel cute in and 2) Be frugal buying.
So here are a 3 tricks of the trade I’ve put into practice!
How to Be FLY, FUNKY, FRESH and FABULOUS while BUMPING on a BUDGET
- Maternity-LESS Clothing
T shirts, Leggings, A-Line Dresses and Pencil Skirts are your friends. Pick solids, prints, or racy prints whatever your taste BUT make sure they are a stretchy fabric! These pieces are often pretty inexpensive and are often in your local target AND don’t have to reside in the Maternity section. I love each of these because although you will purchase a much larger size you can always go back to them after your delivery.
- Don’t be afraid to wear SEXY Clothing
I think this one of the biggest fashion myths of the pregnant woman fashion wardrobe “thou shall not wear anything SEXY” Well that is crazy! Do it! I am not saying get your KIM K on but I am saying that its okay to wear form fitting or skin hugging fabrics. I get it as you go into the later months when your belly is the size of a gigantic watermelon (8/9th) this might not be the look but in those first lets say 3-7 months DO IT your man will thank you and guess what it kind helps your self-esteem too in preparation for the waddling yet to come! LOL
- Keep it Simple
Yes we all love a good Nordstroms, Bloomingdales, or even Nieman Marcus—but during this time it is okay to become a MAXinista! I personally shop at high end stores every now and again BUT when I am pregnant I am more inclined to shop with practicality in mind. With this my favorite stores are: TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Ross, Macy’s, Target, and even WALMART! The point is while you are out and about grabbing the kids goodies for school go on over to the women’s section and take a peak! I have snapped some super cute pieces in each of these stores that I was able to do a little mix and match in!
**Bonus Advice—-SHOEAHOLICS BEWARE***!!!!!!!!!
YOUR FEET WILL GROW so back away from purchasing the shoes that made your eyes melt and the two of you locked eyes! LOL GIRL… Let me spare you the pain that I personally felt in the 5 or so pairs I had to give to my mom, sister, or aunt 😦 Soooooooooo, DO NOT … I REPEAT DO NOT splurge on a pair here and there as GIRL ya might not ever get back into them! So just repeat after me I make my local Rack Room, Famous Footwear, Sears or JC Penny my new best shoe friend!
SORRY IJS>>>>Don’t believe me ask a friend! HA